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In any case, if the figure of 60 million dead is accurate that would mean that an average of 2 million were killed during each year of Stalin’s horrific reign – or 40,000 every week (even during “peacetime”).
Thus, Stalin’s regime represented a machinery of killing that history – excluding, perhaps, China under Chairman Mao Tse-Tung -- has never witnessed.
Ukraine’s newly-elected parliament is unlikely to restore Ukraine to stability, Italian politician and journalist, Giulietto Chiesa, has told TASS.
“Stability is still very far away. Apparently, after the elections the prevailing presence of right-wing parties inside the Verkhovna Rada will be used as a pretext for an offensive (against Donetsk and Luhansk regions),” Chiesa said.
He voiced the fear that Ukrainian politicians will be inviting pro-Western forces to join the conflict. “There is Poland and there are the Baltic republics. Apparently, there are people who may be preparing all this,” he said.
Chiesa sees the United States as the main actor in the Ukrainian conflict. “It has engineered the crisis in Ukraine to provoke Russia. It has used Ukraine as a big stick in order to break Russia,” he believes. “The aim has not been achieved yet, so it will be moving further on. I have the impression that the US leadership is determined to stop at nothing.”
A solution of the Ukrainian crisis may be achieved “only if Europe develops the awareness of the danger looming over it, because it would be an operation not just against Russia, but against Europe as well.”
Giulietto Chiesa (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈljetto ˈkjɛza]; born on 4 September 1940 in Acqui Terme, Province of Alessandria, Italy) is an Italian journalist and politician, and was a Member of the European Parliament for North-West with the Independent - Di Pietro-Occhetto List Civil Society. Originally he represented Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, since 2006 - Party of European Socialists. Chiesa sat on the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade.
Chiesa held a number of important positions in the Italian Communist Party before it was dissolved in 1991.
He was a substitute for the Committee on Culture and Education and a member of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.
In the 2009 European Parliament elections, Chiesa was a candidate on the ForHRUL list in Latvia.
He is an active supporter of various conspiracy theories, about September 11 attacks, chemtrails, and HAARP
2008 Russian-Georgian Conflict
Regarding 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia, Chiesa stated that "Russia did precisely what had to be done." He also stated that "I think Europe is partly responsible for this war: by unconditionally supporting Georgia’s president Mikheil Saakashvili and his claims in South Ossetia and Abkhazia." Regarding media coverage of the war, Chiesa stated that "the information given by the media is a shame for the west. Western news channels broadcast images and titles that were politically biased. Some claimed Russia wanted to conquer Georgia, although no evidence whatsoever backs up that argument. Mikheil Saakashvili was portrayed as the unfortunate victim of Big Bad Putin, and very often, images of Tskhinvali razed by bombs were not shown. It is the worst coverage I have seen since the war in Iraq."
originally posted by: pexx421
a reply to: Xcathdra
Again, which leaves us with critical thinking to figure which side is which.... Which it's really quite simple. Lack of victims= no annexation or invasion. Lots of victims or money involved= aggression.
When did Russia shape the world according to its interests?
It's own efforts to do so have consistently come back to bite it in the ass much the same way the U.S's efforts have.
Of course the US is doing this. This is the entire point of our foreign policy since WWII. As he says, cold war thinking.
originally posted by: Hellas
Putin: USA 'shaped the world' according to its interests
Vladimir Putin lashed out of the United States for destabilizing the world order of checks and balances for its own gains.
Speaking in the city of Sochi, he said that, “the system of international relations needed some changes, but the USA, who believe they were the winners of the Cold War have not seen the need for this.” The Russian President added that Washington has been trying to create the world “for their own gains.”
Putin also hit out at the West for, “closing their eyes to the encroachment of international terrorism in Russia and countries in central Asia. He says the United States has been guilty of sponsoring extremist groups.
“I am not tired of being astounded how our partners have been guilty of making the same mistakes time and again. They have in the past sponsored Islamic extremists who were battling against the Soviet Union, which took place in Afghanistan. It was because of this the Taliban and Al-Qaeda was created,” the Russian President added.
He also touched upon the fight against ISIS. He criticized those who buy oil from terrorists thus contributing to their funds.
Putin also hit out at the numerous sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and the West saying this was a mistake which has a knock-on effect on everyone.
“The USA, which has implemented sanctions against Russia, is cutting down the branches, upon which they are sitting,” he said.
Putin put the blame on the US for the destruction of the system of talks about the reduction and control of weapons. He said that many countries don't see any other choice at the moment to preserve its sovereignty but "to make a nuclear bomb."
Russia has been all for the continuation of talks about the reduction of nuclear arsenals and according to President Putin, Moscow is ready for serious talks, but without “double standards".
Finally he calls it like it is!
I'll be posting updates.